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My Winter in Black and White

Winter arrived yesterday with a shivery morning and an afternoon so gloriously warm and sunshiny that we had lunch outside with dear friends.

I wish I could share pictures of the brilliantly blue sky, lush, vibrant blossoms in my garden, and sunlight glittering on the water, but my poor camera is no more. It was barely wheezing through each shot before it met an ignominious end when I went dashing after a naughty goat and dropped the camera somewhere in the tangles of the bush.


Hopefully I will be able to get a replacement in the near future, but until then I’m reliant upon my old phone.

Here are glimpses of my wintry world:

This morning I was out grazing our goats in the bush when a herd of cows came pounding up through the trees! Needless to say, all of us were rather startled with goats going every which way, cows leaping about, and Luna happily dashing around thinking it was all marvelous fun. Good heavens. With my newly acquired whip skills (I can now crack it without injuring myself or anyone else – yay me!) I got everyone sorted and back where they belonged. When we went to let the neighbor know his cows were making merry in our paddock, I saw this lovely old tire swing and thought it looked so wonderfully summery and lazy and happy.

This is me, utterly knackered and resting in the shade of our old red tractor, taking a breather in between hauling 20 kg bags of concrete, logs, wire to get new fence posts sunk. It feels good to rest the old bones now and then.

One of our many prickly pears with our windmill in the distance. I’m excited to pick the prickly pear fruit later this year to make liqueur and jelly. I’m also told you can skin the thorn-covered paddles and eat them, so I’ll have to try that too.

We’ve been working so hard this week building fences, butchering goats and ducks, welcoming new chickens to the farm, incubating eggs, and planting more winter seedlings that there hasn’t been much time for resting. But when I do snatch a moment, I love to hide away in here, stretched out on the bed to nap or read. It’s so cozy in here, quiet and peaceful.

This picture makes me smile every time I see it. I was out early in the fields, guarding a hole in the fence so the goats couldn’t escape while they had their morning feed. I’d been out there about an hour when I looked up to see Bear striding toward me. When he got close he handed me a steaming cup of tea and a freshly toasted egg and tomato bread roll. Such a luv. It had been an exhausting week, yet being thought of like that made all the hard stuff worthwhile.

What does your world look like this week? xo

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Karen (Back Road Journal) - Sorry about your camera but you can’t have given us a lovely group of photos. Your world in black and white is just as nice as the color one you are seeing in person.

Maureen Shaw - There’s just something about black and white that makes it all about emotion. I love these.

Anna Johnston - Oh no, what a total bummer, although you take a pretty great pic with your phone. Your world is looking pretty darn fabulous my lady. Bear ROCKS! You’ve got a goodun thats for sure. šŸ™‚ My world has been epically cool this week. Today I met both John Howard and Bob Hawke, so cool. The chefs served the yummiest lunch, the meat alone cost $20 a portion, it was the best meal I have ever eaten. Heading to the footy later this week and got a wedding reception too. Yep, having fantastic week. Good to see your smiling face gorgeous woman. xxx

Rachel Friesen - Love the sky behind that prickly pear! My world this week is full technicolour, as the tulips give way to lilacs, apple blossoms, and scads of dandelions. The scent alone lets me forgive the sky for raining šŸ™‚

Hotly Spiced - I’m so sorry to hear about your camera but your i-phone images are gorgeous anyway. Your world looks wonderful. Your cosy room where you retreat to read looks like a great place to take a break xx

Nancy - I love your black and whites Krista. My world is looking very green at the moment with the plane trees in full leaf and the rainy season about to start. I need to find a pair of wellies just like yours!

Gourmet Getaways - As always, your world is serene, with fresh air and close to nature, which I really like! Nice photos, too!

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Liz Posmyk - Love black and white photos, Krista… and yours show a beautiful you and a lovely part of the world. Hope you are well?

budgetjan - You have a special view of the world through your camera and words Krista. I love it. I saw on Peter Kuravita’s Mexico Show that the paddles are eaten as a major food source in Mexico.

thefisherlady - our black and white world has left us… we are embalmed in greenery and white blossoming Spring wherever your nose leads you… the fragrance delicate and reviving…also working on those holes in the fence before the goats find them… First week for horses and goats out on pasture. So very lovely… deep breath… sigh… God has brought some of heaven down. Our son is home… such a full joy returned

Cathy - Your world looks fab Krista. Bless Bear for bringing you that sandwich šŸ™‚ It looks a bit grey outside at the moment, completely different to yesterday šŸ™‚

Tandy - Your World looks like bliss! Mine is full of rain at present šŸ™‚

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